Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Armed Lutheran: Gun Control and Appeasement

A well done essay, worth reading.

Gun-control advocates are the modern equivalent of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. They put their faith in, and trust their security to, pieces of paper: treaties, laws, and signs. And like Chamberlain and those who sought peace through appeasement in the run-up to World War II, they ignore the basic truths of human nature. Man is inherently wicked, and aggression is not stopped by words.


In September of 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain proudly stepped off an airplane to greet a crowd of reporters and excited citizens, raising a copy of newly signed Munich Agreement, a treaty which allowed Nazi Germany to annex the ethnic German regions of Czechoslovakia. Germany’s reason for the annexation and occupation was, they claimed, to protect ethnic Germans. The British hoped that by giving in to Hitler’s demands, another European war could be avoided. The King and members of the Conservative party and the British media of the day hailed it as “Peace in our Time.” We all know what happened next.

Fast forward seventy-six years. Russia invades Ukraine’s Crimea region, supposedly to protect ethnic Russians from some unspecified threat after riots in the Ukrainian capital ousted the pro-Russian government. The Crimean legislature voted to rejoin Russia and Crimea has been accepted with open arms back into the Russian Federation. History repeats itself.

 Ukraine was convinced in 1994 to give up it’s nuclear arsenal and in 2009 to gut it’s conventional military in exchange for promises that it’s national sovereignty would be protected. These treaties were signed to ensure the “safety of the Ukrainian people.” Gun control, gun buybacks, on a global scale. And what safety did it earn Ukraine? Russia, a party to those treaties, has now violated the hell out of them.

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